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What we do

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates building and plumbing practitioners. We are focused on continuously improving safe, compliant and efficient building and plumbing industries.

Why work with us?

At the VBA, our people are our most important asset, and are key to delivering our core functions to the Victorian community.

We have a strong focus on our ability to problem solve, work as one and deliver. We encourage and support our people to build a psychologically safe and inclusive working environment, embed strong flexible and hybrid working practices, and create positive feedback experiences.

Challenging work and a continuous learning environment

Within a career at the VBA, you will:

  • use your technical expertise and have your skills recognised.
  • have a positive influence on the building and plumbing industries, the Victorian community and the potential to make a contribution nationally.
  • look at the building and plumbing industries from a different perspective.
  • be part of a new approach to contemporary regulatory practices and enforcement.
  • be able to explore different career possibilities.
  • have the opportunity to take on work in other areas of the business to expand knowledge, skills and experience via internal secondment.
  • have access to reimbursement for work-approved professional memberships.
  • have access to access to study assist and study leave.

Flexibility and hybrid working

The VBA has adopted a hybrid working model where our people have meaningful control over working from home and from the office. All roles are considered flexible, where flexibility and hybrid working are co-designed by leaders and teams to produce the best outcome for our people and the community we serve.

Working with us, you will also get access to:

  • strong work–life balance – including flexible hours, part-time working options, compressed working schedules and access to purchased leave.
  • the ability to work remotely and in the office in a pattern that works best for you and your team.
  • leave accrual with 17.5% annual leave loading (percentage paid on top of your base salary for the days you are on annual leave).
  • 15 days personal /carer’s leave per anniversary year.
  • bring your dog to work days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

We shut down between Christmas and New Year each year for our people to take a break over the holiday period – on average about three annual leave days are required to cover this period.

Diversity and Inclusion

The VBA’s Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP), underpinned by our Diversity and Inclusion Policy, is an ambitious plan translating our commitment to diversity and inclusion into action. The plan sets out goals and actions over the next four years that will deliver VBA’s key priorities, which include:

  • continuing to create a safe, accessible, equitable and inclusive work environment.
  • ensuring equitable access to employment opportunities and outcomes, with a focus on women in the building industry, including ensuring all our people are paid the same to do the same job.
  • building knowledge in gender equity (including pay equity) and intersectionality principles to leverage diversity in key decision making.
  • embedding flexible and hybrid ways of working.
  • providing an exemplary employee experience.
  • reflecting the community we serve.

Inclusion @ VBA

We strive to fully utilise diversity to create high performing teams, harness diversity of thought, and celebrate our diversity to create a vibrant work environment where people feel they belong.

The VBA understands the significant benefits diversity can bring to an organisation in terms of innovation, productivity and engagement. As such, the VBA's Corporate Strategy - Vision 27 - Strength Based Workplace - focusses on strengthening our approach to diversity, inclusion and gender equity.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive culture to ensure our people are treated with dignity and respect, have equitable access to employment opportunities and outcomes, and can participate in all aspects of work life. Our aim is to ensure our people can achieve their potential as their authentic selves no matter their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and health status, family or carer status, employment status, or age.

We have several leave types that aim to support our diverse workforce.

These include:

  • Gender affirmation leave (up to 4 weeks paid, and 48 weeks unpaid)
  • Surrogacy leave
  • Parental leave – for both primary (16 weeks) and secondary caregivers (4 weeks + 12 weeks if taking over primary care within the first 78 weeks).
  • Family violence leave
  • Cultural and Ceremonial leave for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including,
    • NAIDOC Week leave – one day paid leave to participate in NAIDOC week activities.
    • Leave to attend Aboriginal community meetings
    • Leave to attend Annual General Meetings of Aboriginal community organisations
    • Ceremonial leave

Learn more about the VBA’s Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) (PDF, 1872.69 KB).

Take a look at the VBA Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2020 (PDF, 2543.08 KB) for employment terms and conditions.

Our workspace

When you're working in our office, you'll enjoy the benefits of a convenient location in iconic Docklands buildings, right next to Southern Cross station and Marvel Stadium.

We have great restaurants and cafes at our doorstep, including Platform28, The Hoff, and The Nickson Hotel.

Our office is an open, accessible, and friendly environment with lots of communal space to meet with colleagues and friends from across the business. You may make some new furry friends with our bring your dog to work initiative, designed to provide physical and mental health benefits for our people.

In our hybrid working model you might use the office to attend one of our inclusion events, attend a training session, do a collaborative exercise with your team, or come in to work as a group with a project team or someone in your team. There are always desks available with dual monitors for autonomous work, and a dedicated quiet space if you’re on a deadline!

It's an exciting time to be part of the VBA

We have some big plans and are on the lookout for people who can help us lead and shape industry change. We are growing our business to meet industry and consumer needs, with upcoming ongoing and fixed-term opportunities.

We are always looking for talented...

Technical experts:

  • Building Surveyors – MBS/RBS/PBS
  • Building Inspectors

Please note: Inspectors and Surveyors will require current registration or the ability to seek registration.

Business and corporate support:

  • Project management
  • Data analytics
  • Communications
  • Business analyst
  • Business administration
  • Quality assurance/governance
  • Legal professionals

All job opportunities are listed on the Victorian Government careers website.

Building Surveyor Career Pathways

The Building Surveyor Career Pathways Program is a new initiative designed to provide final year students and graduates with an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a dynamic environment and gain invaluable on-the-job experience. A joint partnership between the Victorian Building Authority, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria, the Program has been developed to create more career pathways for up and coming building surveyors and provide further support for the future generation of our industry.

Our Recruitment Process

1. Shortlist: We will review all applications and shortlist those that meet the key selection criteria.  2. Phone screen: We may give you a quick call to ask some follow up questions to your application. 3. Interview: We conduct online and in-person interviews. You will be interviewed by a panel of 3, gender-diverse members. 4. Reference checks: We will contact 2 of your referees. We will ask permission prior to contacting them.  5. Offer: We will make an offer and confirm a start date.  Welcome to the team! We will commerce your onboarding and induction process.